This 12-unit facility was opened in February of 2006 by FaithWorks for homeless families with children. It offers these families a safe and secure setting to obtain case management, educational classes, counseling, and support services to help them become self sufficient again. The various services and classes may be on-site or off and coordinated with other key players in the community.
But the greatest impact is with the children. One teen-age boy was asked what he might like for his birthday: he simply said he had his biggest wish already fulfilled — a nice place to live. Even a room of his own to sleep in. No more sleeping on floors or couches, stuffing his clothes into a plastic bag, or wondering how the laundry would be done. His biggest reward? The chance finally to invite a friend over to his very own home and not be embarrassed.
The chronically homeless mentally ill population typically has not accessed consistent support to assist with the management of symptoms or link with community agencies for assistance in coping with life’s demands, including obtaining housing, benefits, vocational counseling, and medical treatment. These individuals may also have alcohol and drug issues, and could include aged-out foster youth.
In 2005, fourteen permanent supportive housing vouchers were awarded to Northern Valley Catholic Social Services (NVCSS) to assist in this effort. The Shasta Housing Intervention for Transition (SHIFT) program offers affordable housing coupled with ongoing case management and supportive services for these persons with severe mental illness. The supportive services are provided through Shasta County Mental Health
NVCSS contracts with local landlords to obtain rental units for these individuals and assists them become stable and as self-sufficient as possible. A primary need for them is a secure, affordable living environment situated close to transportation and community resources. Other specific supportive services needs of these clients include: tenant training, financial security, social support, legal services and support, mental and physical health care, employment opportunities, education opportunities, pre-vocational training, rehabilitation and transportation. All supportive services are provided in a manner which emphasizes client choice and dignity.
The local CoC submits funding applications to HUD annually to offer programs and activities to assist homeless families and individuals in the Shasta County region.